In case you hadn't heard, President Trump accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones during the 2016 election on Saturday. Providing no evidence and citing no sources, the president sent out four exclamation-point-riddled tweets comparing Obama and the situation to "Nixon/Watergate," and insisting that his predecessor's actions were "McCarthyism!" and "A NEW LOW!"
As expected, the accusations instantly became the subject of endless headlines around the world, and while many of Trump's supporters seemed to believe the claims, the most widespread reaction, even among Republican legislators, was confusion. On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer published a string of tweets characterizing "potentially politically motivated investigations" prior to the election as "very troubling" and announced the president's request for an investigation.
Kevin Lewis, an Obama spokesman, called the allegations "simply false" on Saturday morning. James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, refuted Trump's claims.
While all this went down, the internet lit up with mocking jokes taking aim at the president's unexpected accusations. Some came up with theories as to what other conspiracy theories Obama could be responsible for, others shared their confused reactions, and others ridiculed Trump's lack of knowledge on how the process of order a wiretap works. If you're looking for a way to laugh at the situation, look no further.
1. Who Said That?
Trump: Obama wiretapped my phone at Trump Tower— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) March 4, 2017
How everyone reacted to the lack of details in the president's claims.
2. He's Using Your Words Again
TRUMP: Obama wiretapped me— Todd 'Papi' Carlos (@TheToddWilliams) March 6, 2017
CONGRESS: What is your proof?
TRUMP: You tell me
Why would you expect a person to provide evidence for accusations they make? That's NOT how it works.
3. Meanwhile ...
donald trump tweeting about obama is spying on him while north korea launches another missle pic.twitter.com/y09Vr6D5tL— kayla 💚 (@lilkxylaa) March 6, 2017
Has the president even noticed the other things going on around the world amidst this scandal?
Trump - Obama bugged my campaign. - Answer "No they bugged the Russians" Trump - That was my campaign. #BigLittleLies— Fata Morgana (@maladamus) March 5, 2017
Could he be trying to cast the shame of wrongdoing on his opponents before any incriminating information on Russia is discovered?
5. Just Look Into It, OK?
Trump is the Zodiac killer— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 5, 2017
Reports that Trump is the Zodiac killer are very troubling
I demand Congress investigate
The administration's reaction in a nutshell.
6. Is There Anything Obama Isn't Guilty Of?
BREAKING: Trump asks Congress to reopen Chicago Black Sox case. Spicer: "Obama's fingerprints are all over this."— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 5, 2017
Interfering with the sacred game of baseball? A NEW LOW!
7. A Horror Story
Not only did Obama tap Trump's phones, he stole the strawberry ice cream out of the mess locker.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2017
Obama tapped Trump's phones IN PERSON! Went in wearing a Con Ed coverall. Michelle stood guard while O spliced the lines. SAD!— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2017
Trump should know OBAMA NEVER LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE! He's in the closet! HE HAS SCISSORS!— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2017
From the king of horror himself.
8. Can't Be Spreading Fake News
North Korea fired 4 missiles into the Sea of Japan.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 6, 2017
Trump is waiting for "Infowars" to say it was Obama's fault so FBI can investigate.
Of course the president is going to wait for credible outlets before he acts.
9. More Victims Speak Up
Obama broke into my house & took a dump in my toaster oven!— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 4, 2017
Obama hacked into my Gmail & sent pictures of me in a red vinyl bodysuit to my dentist. Sad! Bad! Sick! #BadObama— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 4, 2017
Obama had us all fooled with that charisma of his.
10. I Mean ...
11. He Moves On Fast
Imagine if u honestly uncovered a Watergate-level scandal abt yr own presidency, but then 30 min later got bored & started tweeting about TV pic.twitter.com/YBhcbLJfcS— David Grossman (@davidgross_man) March 4, 2017
Isn't this how everyone would react?
12. Uh Oh
Mr. President: If there was a wiretap at Trump Tower, that means a fed judge found probable cause of crime which means you are in deep shit. https://t.co/i7dUMtHXmo— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 4, 2017
Maybe Trump should've asked the people around him to explain how this all works before he asked Twitter about its legality.
Trump appears to be wandering around Florida, spreading a conspiracy theory he read on Breitbart. Your grandpa's slipper is more qualified.— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) March 5, 2017
At this point, is it even a question?
14. Obama's Probably Like
Obama doesn't have time for this.
15. Yet Another Victim
So Obama illegally tapped Trump Tower. No doubt he is also responsible for me never getting an Emmy. Sad (and sick) guy.— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) March 6, 2017
He definitely deserved one for Seinfeld.
16. Maybe Someone DID Wiretap Trump
Obama: joe did you wiretap trump tower— Emma (@politics_n_prep) March 4, 2017
Biden: He orders a lot of kfc
Obama: joe pic.twitter.com/pnMZdX3ggI
17. Good Question
Why would Obama tap Trump Tower phone lines when he can just wait for Donald to tweet classified information?— Michael Blackman (@ParaComedian09) March 4, 2017
President Trump claims to hate the amount of secret information politicians share with the public, but his Twitter suggests he wouldn't be able to help himself either. Probably because he wouldn't realize the information he's tweeting is classified.
18. He Really Is
Trump is the real Gossip Girl. Xoxo— secret pizza (@torinascati) March 4, 2017
Will he ever reveal his sources?
19. Million Dollar Question
By the time next week rolls around, we're almost guaranteed to have a slew of new material to mock.